Adoption in Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Adoption Agencies, Attorneys and More
There are a number of helpful resources for adoption in Cleveland, Ohio — for both hopeful adoptive parents and expectant parents looking to create an adoption plan for their child. Finding the right one for your personal goals and preferences, however, can be complicated. Where do you even get started?
Fortunately, American Adoptions is here to help. Below, you’ll find a list of local Cleveland adoption resources to help you, no matter what adoption path you’re considering. Start your research into your options here.
If you ever have any questions about infant adoption in Cleveland, Ohio, our specialists are willing to answer them. Call us anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information online.
Adoption Agencies in Cleveland
If you’re considering adoption in Cleveland, you’ll first need to decide which kind of agency you want to work with: a national or regional one.
Working with a national adoption agency like American Adoptions instead of a regional agency allows you to access more services, like 24/7 birth parent counseling, financial protection in the event of a disruption, legal representation and more.
As a full-service, fully licensed domestic adoption agency in Cleveland, American Adoptions can meet all of your needs during the adoption process. If you’re an adoptive parent, we’re with you from choosing adoption to finalization and beyond. For prospective birth mothers, we promise complete support and encouragement, empowering you to do what is best during this challenging time. And, because of our strong presence in Ohio, you won't have to sacrifice the perks of a small, local agency to enjoy these benefits; American Adoptions is licensed and has offices in Ohio, which means we're as familiar with Ohio laws and processes as any local professional. When you work with our agency, you get the best of both worlds - the resources and support of a national agency, and the local convenience and personal feel of a regional one. Our Ohio offices are located at:
20 S. 3rd St.
Columbus, OH 43215
If you’re adopting domestically, you have a few local options available to you, too. The following Cleveland adoption agencies will be able to help you complete your adoption:
- American Adoptions
- Adoption Circle
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
- Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.
Foster Care Adoption in Cleveland
As a private adoption agency, American Adoptions works with prospective birth mothers and adoptive parents in the domestic infant adoption process. However, this isn’t the only way to adopt. We support all types of adoption, as long as it is the right fit for your family. For many people, this means pursuing foster care adoption.
For most parents, foster care adoption means adopting an older child, adopting a sibling set, or adopting a child with special needs. While many foster children are currently in reunification plans with their biological parents, a great deal are also available to be adopted immediately.
If you’d prefer to adopt from foster care or foster-to-adopt, these Cleveland foster care resources may be useful to you:
- Caring for Kids
- Northeast Ohio Adoption Services
- Options for Families and Youth
- Bellefaire JCB
- Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services
- Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
International Adoption in Cleveland
International adoption is a third kind of adoption that you could consider. Once again, while American Adoptions cannot provide the services needed for the international adoption process, we support any hopeful parents who choose this route. And, fortunately, there are local resources available to help.
For families who hope to adopt a child internationally, the nearest international adoption resources to Cleveland are:
Cleveland Adoption Lawyers
A Cleveland adoption attorney is required to educate prospective birth parents about adoption consent, guide prospective birth and adoptive parents through the legal processes of adoption in Cleveland, and finalize the adoption. American Adoptions supplies prospective birth and adoptive parents working with us with their own legal representation, but if you need to search for an outside attorney, the following professionals may be able to help:
- Laubacher Law
- Ellen S. Mandell, Attorney at Law
- Justin C. Miller, Esq.
- Armstrong Law Offices
- Fanger & Associates, LLC
Home Study Professionals Near Cleveland
If you intend to adopt in Cleveland, you’ll first need to undergo a home study with an Ohio-licensed home study professional. This can be a lengthy process of collecting important documents and scheduling in-home visits, so it’s a good idea to get started as soon as possible if you’re a hopeful adoptive parent.
Here are your options for local Cleveland adoption home study providers:
Cleveland Hospitals for Maternity Care and Delivery
Having an established hospital plan is part of the adoption planning process for expectant mothers working with American Adoptions. Knowing where you want to go for your medical needs during your pregnancy and childbirth gives you some extra peace of mind. Remember: Your medical fees will always be covered by our adoption agency.
These Cleveland area hospitals may be nearby and convenient for you:
- Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44111
- Hillcrest Hospital
6780 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
- Lakewood Hospital
14519 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
- Medina Hospital
1000 E. Washington Street, Medina, OH 44256
- UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
2101 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
- Southwest General Hospital
18697 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Cleveland Adoption Finalization Courts
The final step of the Ohio adoption process is finalization. To finalize a Cleveland adoption, you’ll need to do so in your county’s courthouse, which you can find below:
To learn more about the Cleveland adoption process with American Adoptions, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION and we’ll connect you to an adoption specialist now. You can also request free information online at any time!
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